State of the Garden

Here are some of  the things happening in my garden today:

**NOTE** Picture intensive.

TOMATOES

I don’t get tired of looking at the Amateur’s Dream plant. Incidentally, this is the only one I have. I thought I had another but I have not found it yet. These beauties just keep getting bigger and bigger.

Yumminess ensues

The Maskotka tomato plants are producing as well. I see pictures of this plant growing abundantly over the edges of containers but mine look spindly. Some people nip the first blooms in tomato plants to direct the plant’s energy to producing deeper roots and more foliage but I don’t. I figure the plant knows what it is doing. I hope they fill in later in the season though.

Spindly but fruiting

Despite having the earliest fruiting date of all my tomatoes, Stupice was not the first plant to produce fruit. It came in fourth place after the Amateur’s Dream, the Galina, and the Maskotka.

From Hungary with love

Here’s the plant I am watching with drooling anticipation. My Black Russian finally has fruit! I can’t wait to sink my teeth into this baby.

Come to papa!

THE OTHER VEGETABLES

I dug out a carrot to check on their development. Also, I began to harvest peas. Both were garden-fresh delicious!

Essentials

Behold my carrot and potato jungle!

First time my potato plants got this big

Tomatillos!!! This is my first tomatillo ever. Inside this Chinese Lantern grows a tomato-like fruit with delicious tartness for my salsa and my sandwiches.

Giant green tomatillo

Bush beans make a debut this season in the garden

Beans, beans, good for the heart even though they make you fart

FRUIT

Nectarines, peaches, blackberries, strawberries…

Nectarines await

Peach, sunny side up

Blackberries...if the birds let me have some

Strawberries. Sweet!

FLOWERS

The Geum bloomed! I REALLY like this flower. It is the first perennial I planted myself so it has a special place in my heart. Now, where are all those butterflies?

Geum is here!

The Butterfly bush just keeps on blooming!

This sure is a pretty flower

The Sage continues to bloom as well

Too fly for a wild plant!

MISCELLANEOUS

I managed to kill most of my gourd plants but the Small Apple Gourd is alive and producing

Apple gourd.

The Avocado tree in a pot lives in spite of my gruesome neglect

Avocado leaf...guacamole in the making!

Finally, my garden-help needs to learn to put his shoes on correctly

Left foot, right foot

Over and out.

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Tomatillo News

I am growing Tomatillos for the first time. I chose a giant variety and a regular green variety. In case you’ve never heard of tomatillos, they are used primarily to make the salsa verde you may have eaten at your favorite Mexican restaurant. When I finally get to harvest some, I intend to slice them and put them in my sandwiches. Anyway, walking in my vegetable patch after today’s thunderstorm, which by the way, made all my plants seem so happy, I saw that one of my Mexican Husk tomatillo plants has blooms. I don’t know much about tomatillos but I think it’s a bit early for them to be blooming. Then again, maybe not.

Overachieving tomatillo?

VOLUNTEERS

I love my volunteer plants. I have a number of Giant Sunflower volunteers growing here and there. The birds love them too. These guys grow to about 7 feet tall (approx. 2 meters) and produce sunflowers about 8 inches wide (approx. 20cm). Also, Marygolds are popping up all over the place.

Volunteer giant sunflower. She will be tall!

TOMATO PROFILE: Silvery Fir Tree

I am growing Silvery Fir Tree tomatoes this season. The leaves on this tomato plant are quite unique. The plant really does resemble a Fir tree although my picture below does not show it. You really have to see it next to a regular tomato plant to appreciate it. I hear the tomatoes are delicious. The only thing I don’t like is that the plant is Determinate. I prefer Indeterminate plants that I can harvest all season long.

Silvery Fir Tree tomato

THUNDERSTORMS

So I read that during thunderstorms, the rain water gets fixed with Nitrogen and that’s the reason my plants are so happy after a thunderstorm. What fascinates me is that it happens so quickly. I checked on my plants at lunch time and they did not seem so upright and vigorous as they are now after the storm. I swear they even look…taller!

SPRING ALL WEEK

Spring returned this past week and my cool weather plants have responded accordingly. The peas grew and my lettuce sprouted. Just as it should be.

PEACHES

The peach tree seems to have thousands of baby peaches (ok, hundreds for sure).

baby peaches

This could be my best growing season thus far.